Texas State Aquarium
The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to connect people with nature and inspire conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.
To be a nationally recognized Aquarium leader in creating entertaining, educationally enriching programming, conducting wildlife rehabilitation, and supporting conservation.
The Texas State Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding for its operations. The Aquarium relies on general admissions, memberships, retail sales, event rentals and the generous support from donors to maintain its operations. Please help us in our mission and support the Texas State Aquarium.
I was very excited for this aquarium because the reviews were so great. I was a little weary because the tickets were a little expensive. After buying our tickets, we went to the stands for the employees to scan them. One employee was helping another family so we went to the other employee. There were 2 standing at the podium just talking and wouldn't even look at us so we had to wait for the other employee. We went inside and saw the dolphin for my toddler to take a picture with. There were people just crowded around so we didn't know there was a line until we'd been standing for 10 minutes and an employee let us know. We started in the Gulf of Mexico and everything seemed pretty nice. Ryan(an employee) was showing people shark skin which was very interesting. He seemed very knowledgeable so that was nice. We got to the jellyfish section and there was another employee(did not catch her name) who didn't seem to know much about the jellyfish. We asked if there was anything special about them and she said "not really, they are good treats for the turtles". That was irritating. We finished that side by 12:30 and went to the 1:00 dolphin show. There were quite a few people already seated for the show. There was a lot of space between people and yet no employee made an effort to have people make room for everyone else standing. We were told to be there 30 minutes early and we were and couldn't get a seat. The employees basically had a "sucks for you" attitude about it. We then went to see other areas of the aquarium because it was way to hot to be standing directly under the sun. I was a little disappointed because most exhibits didn't have signs so we didn't know what anything was. There is also only one bathroom in the underwater area which makes for an extremely long wait. Definitely won't be recommending this aquarium to anyone.
The Texas State Aquarium is a fun and fantastic place to bring kids of all ages! There is a lot to learn about and there are plenty of informative and enjoyable programs to see. The staff here is amazing and are happy to answer any questions you may have about their animals. The new Caribbean Journey is top notch and boasts beautiful local birds and wildlife, as well as gorgeous marine exhibits. I definitely recommend this place!
Had a really nice fun splash pad that is included in the ticket price. You can touch a lot of different animals. Separated all the animals on where they live and you can learn lots of facts. The views was very nice. They had a lot of different animals. The dolphin exhibit was amazing. The staff was very knowledgeable about the animals. The staff was very very friendly. It was a little to pricey. They need to announce when they will have a show or put the the times on the map. Changing rooms where super hot and dirty. Overall it was a very good experience and will recommend on visiting.
My family and i really enjoyed our time here. The shark 4d movie was awesome our kids loved it!. The hands on experience was very nice and the staff was very kind as well. I've already recommended this place to our friends and family. I think the prices are good for everything they have. Been to other aquariums and this one is my fav by far. Thank you!
Great place to spend the day with my 4 year old. The map/schedule they hand you is confusing. They need to offer a phone app to clarify the schedules. You have to go through the gift shop to get to other parts of the aquarium. Gorgeous aquariums, fun shows. Check out the bird show. I went twice and each time they had some unique animals to show.